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State of Emergency [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jay Hayden, Andy Stahl, Tori White
  • Directors: Turner Clay
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Signature Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009TR7EN6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town's residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2013
Format: DVD
I read some of the other reviews for State of Emergency and was pleasantly intrigued. All seemed to talk about it having less gore and more story. And I'm cool with that. As a fan of zombie films in general, I've seen gore in all its forms, so a film based around a decent story would also suit me.

It's about a viral outbreak which turns most of a town into zombies (or perhaps I should say `infected' as they run and behave a lot more like the creatures from 28 Days Later, or Dawn of the Dead 2004 edition).

Sadly, I couldn't see much evidence of a story. The first quarter of an hour has no dialogue. We just follow our hero after his girlfriend has died (somehow) and now he's left creeping around a barn and, on the few occasions he encounters a zombie, he always manages to drop or leave behind his weapon (really bugged me!). However, he's saved when he hikes across a field and takes refuge in a warehouse with three really boring and unlikeable characters. Once inside, they spend their time watching zombies standing there in fields (I didn't get this bit!). Not only that, but his previous girlfriend may have only been dead a few hours, but - by an amazing coincidence - one of the other humans is a suitable girlfriend replacement.

It's a short film and kind of feels like it's set at the same time as 28 Days Later, or rather Dawn of the Dead 2004 (but minus the budget of either). There's the (seemingly obligatory) CGI blood added to the few zombie deaths we see on screen.

It's not a bad film. I just didn't find it as good as some of the other reviews were making it out to be. Ironically, people don't seem to like the ending. I thought the ending made a nice change!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
The film opens up with a rather lame scene, then gives you a 4 days earlier.

Jim (Jay Hayden) is the center of this film as he manages to survive a zombie outbreak caused by an explosion at the Montgomery County chemical storage facility. He meets up with three other people held up in a warehouse. It takes 19 minutes before the first zombie attack. The zombies are fast moving people with bad makeup and red contacts. Jim attempts to get the attention of the CG helicopters overhead, but cannot. And that is pretty much it.

What this film had going for it was the realism of the situation and how it was handled. On the downside, it was boring due to the realism of the situation and how it was handled. The dialouge was also boring. No quirky characters in pirate outfits, wearing an eye patch, or pretending to be Bill Murray. And they had a chance to do this with Ix (Tori White) and instead they made her moody and quiet. The whole film was on the dull side.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. No f-bombs that I recall. 2 1/2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Broadsword on 15 Oct 2013
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State of Emergency initially unfolds using flashbacks, all of which are cleverly done and easy to keep up with. The plot basically is: An unstable chemical plant has exploded, releasing a toxic nerve-mutating cocktail into the atmosphere of a rural american community. Certain people are not susceptible, and must survive among the zombified residents who are.

In comparison to other zombie movies State of Emergency has a noticeable lack of over-the-top gore. Jay Hayden plays the lead role here very well. The zombie action scenes are few, but the ones you do get are quality edge-of-your-seat stuff. The ending is a little mundane though, and somewhat of a contradiction to the solid main part of the film. Still, this is only one issue in a reasonable but somewhat plodding zombie horror.

There are no Extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Hanks on 16 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
Whilst there have been a glut of Zombie related films and videogames over the last few years there is always room for either a fresh new take on the genre or just a film that does the current tropes really well. State of Emergency does try to be fresh but falls down in too many key areas to be anything other than watchable at best.

The film focuses on human drama rather than all out zombie action and the narrative is kept simple, centred on main protagonist Jim's battle for survival. Don't expect an action blasting gorefest or zombie's that look like the box art (what was the marketing department thinking?) These are 28 Days Later running zombies so expect red contact lenses and some make up, nothing special but they do the job. The opening 15 minute section creates decent tension with no dialogue as Jim finds an empty building to hide along with a tense zombie encounter. The film unfortunately starts to go south when Jim meets up with three other survivors in a warehouse which provides the basis for the rest of the film.

For a film that focuses almost entirely on human drama the characters are really poorly drawn and the script and performances mostly substandard. Husband and wife team Scott and Julie never really feel like they're husband and wife and Alix ("call me `Ix'") seems to be the only one with any dimension even if she's completely drawn from the stereotype of moody vulnerable girl who has a heart of gold inside. The film certainly leans towards the male power fantasy side of things, Julie is just the mother role, healer and cook, we barely see any of her in the film.
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